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128 Holland America Montreal Cruise Reviews
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ABQcruiser
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
283 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 4th HAL cruise (plus several on other lines). We signed on for this cruise while in Alaska a year ago, enjoying that a lot and wanting to do this itinerary. We stayed one night at the Epik Hotel in Montreal, just a block from ... Read more
MsEllen Traveler
Member Since 2011
1 review
9 forum posts
We chose the Maasdam for the great itinerary which sailed the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, so nearly all of the sailing was scenic and in very calm waters. We loved Montreal, Quebec City, PEI, Nova Scotia and Bar Harbour. Weather was ... Read more
Carolmielz
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This ship is in need of huge repairs! I traveled from Montreal to Boston! The ports were good but the accommodation was terrible Room 1- Black soot was coming out of our a/c unit and falling on the furniture! It was dirty and ... Read more
cvhbear
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Wanted to visit both Montreal and Boston. Paid for a mini suite but it is a balcony room with a mini suite price. Room was dirty, trash found upon entering.Toilet bowl was a disgrace. shower did not work on day #2 Cabin attendants have 30 ... Read more
deefly
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This is the second time we have cruised this same route, and were sorely disappointed this time. The route is still wonderful, but the poor old Veendam is showing its age and needs to be send back to the shipyards for a retrofit. During ... Read more
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Trotter13
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the interesting itinery. We have cruised 20 times, mostly in the Caribbean. The itinery lived up to and exceeded our anticipation. the ship is an older ship but well maintained. The spacious of the public areas ... Read more
rodash
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Holland America has a lock on the Canada/New England route in the summer, so the only choice was which of their two ships and which direction to travel. I chose the Maasdam from Montreal to Boston. I was delighted to find the ship in ... Read more
Schwingoh
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
89 forum posts
11 helpful votes
The Maasdam was a great ship based on what you are looking for. Happy and helpful crew. Very clean ship. All the public areas and cabins are great and not really showing their age. Cabin windows look bad inside and out as well as ... Read more
mensa
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
19 helpful votes
A balcony cabin on deck 9 was good for us, as I wanted views of the coast and passing vessels. Starboard side would be ideal for this Montreal to Boston trip. Decks 9 or 10 are convenient to dining and facilities. Food selection was ... Read more
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peter grant
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
26 forum posts
7 helpful votes
At the end of my last HAL review for CC, I said “we’ll be back only with a great itinerary plus a significant upgrade and discount.” For our 15th Holland America cruise, we got both, cancelling a trip on the same ... Read more
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Onlysugar
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
The Noordam is one of HAL's older, smaller ships. It's in good condition but doesn't sparkle. The crew is well trained and very nice. But the reasons for taking the Atlantic Coast cruise are the stops. Each one is a gem, even if you ... Read more
ROR
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We were so excited about this cruise. Planned it for a long time. This was our 29th anniversary. The scenery and excursions were great, except tour in New York didn't include the 911 Museum. This was our 3rd HAL cruise. Alaska and ... Read more
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chmetschke4546
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Our group of 5 couples wanted to see the Northeast in the fall so we decided to take a cruise up the St. Lawrence Seaway. We chose a Holland America cruise from Montreal to Boston because of their reputation. We enjoyed the ports and the ... Read more
trudylynne
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
We wanted a change from the usual cruise ports. Also was hoping to see the leaves change color. We have sailed on a Holland America ship before (Noordam) so I knew what to expect. I was sorely disappointed in the Veendam. Even though it ... Read more
esvacruiser1
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We really enjoyed this cruise. We had an inside stateroom which was just fine - you get a better view and drinks service in the Crow's Nest anyway. Met a lot of fun, pleasant folks and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We did the open ... Read more
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TonyC1952
Member Since 2016
1 review
73 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose to sail with Holland America for our second cruise, on the Veendam, and we had a marvelous time. Other than a little difficulty for the Uber driver to find the ship (Montreal is redeveloping the cruise docks), our embarkation went ... Read more
1974corvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was not our first cruise but it was our first with Holland America and we will never go back. The ship is very old and in need of repair. Our cabin was nice and the level of service was great in our cabin. Dining was a a different ... Read more
drneal
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
265 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was my 10th cruise on my 5th cruise line. We usually go on Mega ships in the Caribbean. I didn't know what to think about Holland America or the Veendam from the other reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was a ... Read more
sundevil99
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
My husband and I took this cruise with his parents. His mother was in a wheelchair. Embarkation in Montreal was fast and simple. We were relatively late (2:30pm arrival with 3:00pm all aboard) and were the only people in line. There were ... Read more
meswenc@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Will start by saying that this was my first cruise and my wife's second. I was in the Marine Corps and spent quite a bit of time at Sea so it took my wife 25 years to get me back on a ship. After finishing a great week on the Veendam I ... Read more
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Claire McIntye
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We were excited to see eastern Canada and New England. The thermostat in our stateroom didn't work and the room was warm. The ship was notified and a desk clerk came and did temperature readings and said it was warm and that there would be ... Read more
dibati2
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
94 forum posts
19 helpful votes
The Ship: Veendam is a small ship and easy to navigate. Embark and disembark was quick and efficient. The ship is showing its age, cabins and public rooms are clean but worn. Having cruised on many ships prior to this cruise, this one ... Read more
Carlstreet
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
These are the observations of a solo traveler on the Holland-America Veendam from Montreal to Boston. I have two previous cruise experiences, both on Windstar ships in Europe. So, from time to time, I will make certain comparisons ... Read more
carmbre
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed in Neptune Suite 010. The room was large and well laid out and the furniture was comfortable. But the air-conditioning was not sufficient, even though it was in the 50s and 60s outside. There was a 4 foot pole fan ... Read more
susie2183
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
32 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Our group of friends wanted to visit Canada and New England and these dates worked best for us. Having never sailed on Holland America, I was interested to compare a smaller ship to the larger ones that I have been on. Embarkation in ... Read more
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